Child Care Leader Salary

Most Child Care Leaders in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.29 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.03 per hour and $15.83. More than a third report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a little less than a fifth collect vision insurance. Though the majority of Child Care Leaders do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,574 - $45,958
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $34,710
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$8.03 - $15.83
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,574 - $45,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.77  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,070 - $40,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $15.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.77  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,070 - $40,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Child Care Leaders who move on to become Directors of Child Care may enjoy significant pay raises, as Directors of Child Care get paid an average of $32K per year. Going from Child Care Leader to Preschool Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $24K. Many others choose to work as Daycare Teachers, where pay is typically $21K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $23K. Child Care Leaders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $28K.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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